Canadians Pavan and Humana-Paredes claim gold at Porec
POREC, Croatia, July 1, 2017 - After placing second in the first
two SWATCH Major Series events in this Croatian seaside resort,
Sarah Pavan finally advanced to the top spot on the Porec Major
podium here Saturday evening as she and Canadian partner Melissa
Humana-Paredes defeated Barbora Hermannova and Marketa Slukova
of the Czech Republic in the gold medal match.
With the North American pair celebrating the 150th anniversary
of “Canada Day” Saturday, the sixth-seeded Pavan and Humana-Paredes
scored a 2-1 (32-34, 21-12, 15-6) win in 59 minutes over
fifth-seeded Barbora Hermannova and Marketa Slukova of the Czech
Republic to share the US$40,000 first-place prize.
Pavan and Humana-Paredes, who are playing their first
full-season together on the FIVB World Tour, are now 3-0 against
the Czech Republic pair after defeating Hermannova and Slukova
earlier this season in Brazil and The Netherlands. Despite the
setback, the Europeans shared $32,000 for placing second.
In previous trips to the Porec Major finale the past two
seasons, Pavan and Heather Bansley dropped title matches to
teams from Brazil and Germany. It was Talita Antunes/Larissa
Franca climbing past Pavan/Bansley on the 2015 Croatian podium
with Germans Chantel Laboureur/Julia Sude preventing a Canadian
gold medal win last year.
Canada has now won four gold medals on the international circuit
since the formation of the women’s FIVB World Tour in 1992.
Saturday’s title was the first by a Canadian women’s team at a
“major” event with the previous three gold medal finishes at
three- (2015 China), two- (2017 Australia) and one-star (2017
To reach the gold medal match, both pairs won Saturday
semi-final matches. Pavan and Humana-Paredes defeated
seventh-seeded Barbara Seixas/Fernanda Alves of Brazil 2-0
(21-16, 21-11) in 37 minutes and Hermannova and Slukova posted a
2-1 (22-20, 12-21, 15-10) victory over ninth-seeded Nina
Betschart/Tanja Huberli of Switzerland.
In the bronze medal match, Betschart and Huberli rebounded with
a 2-0 (21-14, 21-19) win in 36 minutes over Fernanda and
Barbara. With the win, the young Swiss shared $20,000 and the
Brazilian pair split $16,000.